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Samsung Galaxy Ace

How to write text

Text input is used in many of the phone functions, such as notes and messages. The following steps require that you're writing text and that the keypad is visible. Follow these instructions to learn how to write text.


1. Introduction
  • Text input is used in many of the phone functions, such as notes and messages. The following steps require that you're writing text and that the keypad is visible.
2. Select text input settings
  • There are a number of different text input settings. The most important settings are described in the following steps.
  • Choose one of the following options:
  • Select keypad type, go to 2a.
  • Add a language, go to 2b.
  • Select writing language, go to 2c.
  • Turn predictive text input on or off, go to 2d.
  • Turn word suggestion on or off, go to 2e.
2a - Select keypad type
  • Press the settings icon.
  • Press Portrait keypad types.
  • Press one of the following keypad types:
  • Qwerty Keypad
  • 3x4 Keypad
  • Handwriting box 1
  • Handwriting box 2
  • Press the Return key to return to writing text.
Qwerty Keypad is a QWERTY keypad with one letter on each key.
3x4 Keypad is a phone keypad with several letters on each key.
Handwriting box 1 consists of several fields. You can write one character in each field a time using handwriting.
Handwriting box 2 consists of one field. You can write several characters in the same field using handwriting.
2b - Add a language
  • Press the settings icon.
  • Press Input languages.
  • Press the required languages to select them.
  • When the box next to a language is ticked (V), it's added.
  • Press the Return key twice to return to text input.
The selected language determines which characters are available and the dictionary used for predictive text input and word suggestion.
2c - Select writing language
  • Move your finger over Space to select writing language.
Before you can select writing language, you need to add at least two languages, see step 2b.
2d - Turn predictive text input on or off
  • Press the settings icon.
  • Press XT9 to turn predictive text input on or off.
  • When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), predictive text input is turned on.
  • Press the Return key to return to text input.
If you turn on predictive text input, words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
2e - Turn word suggestion on or off
  • Press the settings icon.
  • Press XT9 advanced settings.
  • Press Word completion to turn word suggestion on or off.
  • When the box next to the menu item is ticked (V), word suggestion is turned on.
  • Press the Return key twice to return to text input.
If you turn on word suggestion, words are suggested as you key in the first letters.
3. How to write text
  • The following steps describe how to use the different keypad types when predictive text input and word suggestion are turned on.
  • Use QWERTY keypad, go to 3a.
  • Use phone keypad, go to 3b.
  • Use handwriting 1, go to 3c.
  • Use handwriting 2, go to 3d.
Please note that the following steps require that you've selected a keypad type in step 2a.
3a - Use QWERTY keypad
  • Press the letter keys to write the required word.
  • A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
  • Press the required word to insert it.
  • Press arrow down for more suggestions.
  • To key in numbers or symbols:
  • Press ?123.
  • Press 1/3 to see more symbols.
  • Press the required numbers or the required symbols.
  • Press ABC to return to text input.
3b - Use phone keypad
  • Press the letter keys to write the required word.
  • A number of words based on the letters you've keyed in are displayed.
  • Press the required word to insert it.
  • Press arrow down for more suggestions.
  • To key in more numbers:
  • Press 123.
  • Press the required numbers.
  • Press ?#+ and then ABC to return to text input.
  • To key in symbols:
  • Press 123 and then ?#+.
  • Press 1/7 to see more symbols.
  • Press the required symbols.
  • Press ABC to return to text input.
3c - Use handwriting 1
  • To key in letters:
  • Key in the required letters in the top left field or the top right field.
  • To key in numbers:
  • Key in the required numbers in the bottom left field.
  • To key in symbols:
  • Key in the required symbols in the bottom right field.
  • Your phone automatically suggests a letter, number or character matching what you've keyed in.
3d - Use handwriting 2
  • To key in letters:
  • Press the symbol selection icon until ABC is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.
  • To key in numbers:
  • Press the symbol selection icon until 123 is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.
  • To key in symbols:
  • Press the symbol selection icon until ?#+ is displayed in the bottom left corner of the display.
  • Key in the required letters, numbers or symbols in the text input field.
  • Your phone automatically suggests a letter, number or character matching what you've keyed in.